District 4 Public Health News

Rabies cases up to five in Carroll County

The Georgia Public Health Laboratory has confirmed a bat in Bowdon and a fox in Roopville have tested positive for rabies. Both incidences involved encounters with a human and a dog. The incident in Bowdon occurred when a bat was captured in a home on August 8 in the vicinity of Sally Ann Circle. The next day, a fox attacked a woman and her dog while they were walking on Glenloch Road. She is...

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Monkeypox Transmission in Public Settings

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                   Aug. 9, 2022                                                                  Monkeypox Transmission in Public SettingsHow to Prevent Spread of Infection ATLANTA –The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to closely monitor the current outbreak of monkeypox in the state. As of today, there are 625...

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DPH Debuts Henry County Kiosk for COVID-19 PCR Testing

August 3, 2022  ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is offering COVID-19 PCR testing at kiosks placed in communities across Georgia, including one located at the Henry County Public Safety Annex building at 108 S. Zack Hinton Parkway in McDonough. In most locations, these kiosks offer access to COVID-19 testing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After completing a brief...

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Monkeypox Vaccine Availability in Georgia

  July 15, 2022 NEWS RELEASE Contact: Nancy Nydam Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has begun receiving limited doses of monkeypox vaccine. To date, Georgia has received approximately 3,000 doses of JYNNEOS vaccine – enough for 1,500 individuals since this is a two-dose vaccine series. The vaccine has been distributed upon request to health departments and for...

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Fox Tests Positive in Carroll County’s Third Recent Rabies Bite Incident

July 6, 2022 NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Natalie Shelton, Public Information Officer Natalie.shelton@dph.ga.gov (706) 302-6707 The Georgia Public Health Laboratory has confirmed a fox has tested positive for rabies after biting a resident on June 30 near Lepard and Glenloch roads in Roopville. The resident is the third person to be bitten by a rabid fox in Carroll County in the...

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Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) Survey

The Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) Survey was created through Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Project. Our partners at Drug Free Fayette/Fayette Factor are members of CADCA and have asked District 4 Public Health’s assistance in disseminating this survey across the 12 counties we serve. Drug Free Fayette/Fayette Factor aims to...

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High Temperatures in Georgia Raise Health Concerns

NEWS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:June 14, 20 High Temperatures in Georgia Raise Health ConcernsStay Cool, Stay Hydrated, Stay Informed ATLANTA – With temperatures expected to be in the high 90’s throughout the state for the next several days, and at times feeling like more than 100 degrees with the humidity, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging Georgians to avoid prolonged...

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Back-to-School Immunizations and Screenings

District 4 Public Health urges parents and caregivers not to wait in getting their children’s vaccinations and health screenings for the new school year starting in early August. State law requires children attending a nursery, childcare, pre-kindergarten, Head Start program, or private or public school (kindergarten –12th grade) to have three key documents on file when enrolling in a Georgia...

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Two foxes in Carroll County Test Positive for Rabies after Biting Two Residents

June 1, 2022 NEWS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Georgia Public Health Laboratory has confirmed that two foxes from Carroll County recently tested positive for rabies. The Carroll County Animal Control Office retrieved both foxes within 0.2 miles from each other in the vicinity of Highway 78, Villa Rica, and Old Villa Rica Road, Temple, after two separate incidents involving two residents of...

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COVID-19 Registration Update

PLEASE NOTE: The online system for appointment scheduling and pre-registration for COVID-19 PCR testing is once again available as of Monday, May 23, 2022. May 19, 2022FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE District 4 Public Health continues to offer free COVID-19 PCR testing in each of the 12 counties it serves. While individuals can normally go online to schedule a testing appointment and to pre-register, the...

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